Egypt’s Zamalek SC edged Kenyan champions Tusker FC 1-0 in the opening leg of their Caf Champions League second preliminary round in Nairobi on Saturday, 16th October.
Achraf Bencharki’s strike in the 47th minute at the Nyayo National Stadium was enough to seal the victory for the visitors.
Speaking after the match, the brewers head coach, Robert Matano, blamed his players for lack of courage.
“We could not even string together two passes in the first half. We have experienced players’ who, I feel, could control the game but, unfortunately, we feared our opponents. It is inferiority complex – we did not have the courage to challenge Zamalek and that was our major undoing,” he told Mozzart Bet.
“We will now regroup and prepare for the second leg. Zamalek should not think they will have an easy time in the return match. We will fight until the end.”
Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron praised Tusker FC despite their home defeat.
“They proved why they are Kenyan champions. They are a very organised team, especially defensively and they gave us a hard time. We did not prepare very well for this game but we will do better ahead of the return tie for sure,” said Carteron.
The result leaves the Kenyan champions with a mountain to climb in the return leg in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday, 22nd October.